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Just a theory of the recently photographed “Beast of Kandahar”. I was browsing the NTRS (for another project), when I ran into this:

Lockheed Martin Two Hinge Morphing Wing wind tunnel test configuration at the Langley transonic tunnel, published in 2007

A hinge, actuators or a locking mechanism could explain the wing humps (if more conventional structures are still used). The high speed dash configuration could be used when a craft is needed for surveillance at some site where there is no UAV nearby. Or perhaps for combat missions, but I doubt that…

The pdf is here and is titled “Validation of the Lockheed Martin Morphing Concept with Wind Tunnel Testing”.

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